Cosmetics for Summer
Every year as soon as temperatures start to rise, this struggle begins—so much so that my only choices are to go makeup-free or continuously reapply throughout the day.
Determined to get my makeup to stay in place during the hot and sticky days of summer without all the upkeep, I set out to find the best sweat-proof makeup products on the market. While there are hundreds of options that claim to be waterproof and sweat-proof, many of them fail to last all day in an air-conditioned office, let alone stay put during a long sunny day outdoors or an hour-long workout.
During my search, I tested over 30 different sweat-proof makeup products and managed to find eight incredible options that didn’t melt off during grueling gym sessions or humid days lounging by the pool. From long-lasting foundation to waterproof mascara, keep reading to see which makeup products will actually stay put through a full day of sweating.
1. Best Sweat-Proof Blush: Perricone MD No Makeup Blush
This gel-cream blush by Perricone MD was specially formulated to add a hint of natural-looking color to your cheeks, and it features both vitamin C ester and Chinese ginger plant extract, which work together to brighten and smooth your skin. I loved the sheer rosy color this blush provided and the fact that the color is buildable so you can make it as dark or light as you want.
The blush comes in a glass bottle with a small applicator in the lid. To use, all you have to do is dab two to three dots on each cheek and blend. While it was super easy to apply, I will say that the product dries very quickly so you have to work fast. Along with supplying the perfect amount of rosiness to my cheeks, the blush also lasted throughout the entire day each time I wore it—including a five-hour long backyard BBQ on a hot and sticky day.
2. Best Sweat-Proof Foundation: Milani Conceal and Protect 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer
This multifaceted product from Milani is applied just like your favorite foundation, but it also works as a concealer at the same time, meaning you will get two makeup products for the price of one. The creamy formula evens out your skin tone while covering up blemishes, imperfections, and dark under-eye circles. The two-in-one product felt thick as I was applying it, but it’s once blended in, it felt incredibly lightweight and left my skin looking smooth and hydrated.
3. Best Sweat-Proof Setting Powder: Lawless Seal The Deal Loose Setting Powder
If you’d rather make the makeup you already own (and love) sweat-proof, check out this setting powder from Lawless. The talc-free powder’s main ingredient is mica, which locks your makeup in place and helps absorb oil and shine throughout the day. I applied the powder over the same products I normally wear, and for once they didn’t melt off after a few hours.
4. Best Sweat-Proof Brow Product: Benefit Precisely My Brow
Unlike other brow products that only come in three or four shades, this brow pencil from Benefit has 12 different color options to choose from, so it’s easy to find your perfect match. The pencil has an ultra-fine tip that allowed me to make small hair-like strokes that naturally blended into my eyebrows.
5. Best Sweat-Proof Eyeliner: Glossier Play Colorslide Eyeliner
As someone who constantly rubs their eyes, eyeliner is one makeup product I usually skip because I often end up looking like a raccoon by the end of the day. But when I heard about the staying power of Glossier’s Play Colorslide eyeliners, I knew I had to give them a try, since the waterproof product has been formulated to last for up to 12 hours.